- David Harbour talks playing his Creature Commandos character, Frankenstein, in live-action, mentioning the use of prosthetics and his enthusiasm for telling great stories.
- Harbour describes his version of Frankenstein as “wacky,” “strange,” and “complex,” highlighting the depth and complexity of the character.
- Harbour is excited about the series, praising the scripts, art, and the concept of switching between live-action and animated formats in the DC Universe.
Creature Commandos star David Harbour has hinted at how his Frankenstein character could translate to live-action. DC Studios Creature Commandos will officially launch the DC Universe next year, and become the first overall and first animated project in the franchise. While the first season of Creature Commandos will be animated, DC Studios executives have noted that the voice actors in the series should be prepared to also play their characters in live-action should they end up switching between mediums.
While speaking to io9, Harbour shared his thoughts on a live-action Frankenstein. The Stranger Things star said:
“I mean, I don’t know how they do it nowadays. It feels like Mark Ruffalo just puts some dots on his face for the Hulk. But I don’t know how they’ll do it. I’ve worn prosthetics in movies before, I’m definitely down for it. I just love telling great stories that people love. I’m just happy to get back to work.”
As for the role itself, the actor said that his version of Frankenstein is “wacky,” “strange,” and “complex.”
David Harbour Says His Character Is ‘Full of a Lot of Depth and Complexity’
Harbour continued, revealing that his character is “wacky and strange,” but also “full of a lot of depth and complexity.”
“Oh yeah. No, he’s very different. I mean, it’s the mind of James Gunn so it is wacky and strange, but also full of a lot of depth and complexity. The most interesting thing to me about Frankenstein’s monster in general is that he was created to be this sort of erudite, intellectual, romantic, brilliant person, and he winds up being a monster. I mean, that complexity can make for some pretty ripe comedy and also pathos—that a guy who considers himself one thing, is viewed by others as something very different.”
The actor added that he was merely remaining vague to retain the necessary mystery, and teased the art that he has seen from Creature Commandos and how it will be realized on screen.
“That’s the broadest, most mysterious way I can put it, because all I know is the scripts are really good. What we recorded is really great. I’ve seen the art, James is a genius. I think it’s going to be really fun and really exciting, and it opens up a whole new door to the DC Universe of how these characters will occupy the world. I like the concept of a live-action and cartoon back and forth.”
Previously when discussing the DC series, Harbour revealed why he was so excited for his Creature Commandos character. At the time, the We Have a Ghost star said:
“I didn’t know what it was when it was sent to me; I met with James, and he sort of laid out a lot of stuff. It’s really exciting. He considers it some of the best stuff he’s ever written. It’s hilarious, and the character is great. I think it’s been announced that it’s Frankenstein, and it’s a very colorful, terrific character. So, yeah, we’ve started to shoot stuff. I’m not one to really break, but during this, it is wildly funny stuff. So, yeah, we’re shooting. It’s hilarious and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
Creature Commandos has yet to set an official release date.